Getting out and about when it’s freezing cold and a little bit gloomy might not seem like the best time to enjoy all of the little gems that nature has to offer, but there are still some wonderful places around Paddington where you get back to nature and enjoy the great outdoors.
You won’t need to travel far from our best hotels near Paddington Station to find some beautiful sights and activities either. Here are just a few things that you can do in Paddington this month that will keep you entertained, whatever the weather.
Sometimes there is nothing better than having a casual afternoon stroll in a woodland area. One of the ten Royal Parks that are scattered around the city of London, Hyde Park is a beacon for outdoor social activities.
It’s an excellent and popular place for concerts, and has been a historically significant location for various protests. We don’t recommend a dip in the water at this time of year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sail around on a boat or even try your hand at horse riding. If it gets a little bit dull out, you can always top off your afternoon with a spectacular meal at one of the many wonderful restaurants in Paddington.
Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park
Kensington Gardens are open to the public all year round, and offer many attractions that will appeal to both children and adults. The gardens also have their very own allotments and a number of chickens, which is perfect if you’re considering growing your own vegetables next year, and need a few tips.
If you’re travelling with kids, Hyde Park and the Princess Diana Memorial Playground sit to the west and feature a sensory trail, pirate ship and sculptures inspired by Peter Pan, to help your kids get lost in their own adventures.
The Rolling Bridge
The rolling bridge at Paddington Basin is one of the most unique attractions that you will find in and around the city of London.
Made of steel and mounted on hydraulic cylinders, the bridge is curved towards the sky to allow the passage of boats traversing the Paddington basin. It’s a fun and unusual sight to watch.
If you’re looking for a few restaurants near Paddington that offer you a scenic view as you eat, Little Venice, just north of Paddington, is a brilliant place to go.
Little Venice is situated where the Grand Union Canal and Regent’s Canal meet. Walking down the canal you’ll experience sights such as the London Zoo and pass through Camden Town. If you prefer a trip on the water, there are lots of canal boat tours taking around an hour and setting sail through the day.
Around 30 minutes by Tube from our best hotels near Paddington Station is the famous London Zoo, boasting a wide variety of animals including several critically endangered species. There are many things to do, including participate in animal talks, feeding and demonstrations.
You could even take part in a few zoo experiences, such as being a zoo keeper for a day, or signing up for a wildlife photography workshop.